Picturesque Stellenbosch is fast becoming the athlete's mecca for training during the European winters. It only 1-2 hour time difference and flight time less than 12 hours from Europe. It offers stellar training facilities, hilly terrain, and Mediterranean climate. A recent local initiative set up by Stellenbosch trail fund STF to create and upgrade an extensive network of mountain biking trails and trail running routes is further making it a unique playground to sports enthusiast, which is accessible all year round.
What truly separates Stellenbosch from other popular training destinations is price, a decent coffee or glass of wine can be found at a fraction of the cost in Europe or US.
Be it a group ride or meeting the family at the end of a ride on vineyard for wine taste or mouthwatering picnic; if not enough yards throw in an open water swim after a hot ride before devouring local produce from its winery’s deli.
The town is usually teeming with athletes, ensuring the widespread availability of healthy foods and all things sport talk, such a concentration of fitness-minded people raises the level of athletic support available. From athlete’s point of view, it the main factor that makes Stellenbosch’s charming setting a standout training locale is its resources.